Mystic Mountain, Off-Grid Eco-Village & Sustainability Learning Center

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Mystic Mountain, Off-Grid Eco-Village & Sustainability Learning Center

  • Marker details
  • DescriptionMystic Mountain is a 40-acre self-sufficient aspiring eco-village in the wilderness of Alaska, located on the north end of world-famous Kodiak Island. We are authentically off-grid, only reachable by floatplane or boat! We raise free-range chickens & turkeys & grow organic, heirloom produce in our hoophouses. All our electricity is provided via a micro-hydroelectric system. We host several events for guests throughout the season (June-September), offering workshops & adventure vacations to our paying clients. Volunteers get to experience much of them same learning & recreational opportunities, in trade for their elbow grease!
  • LocationUnited States, Alaska, Kodiak Island, Port Lions

  • Work
  • Type of work In 2018 we will be focusing on amending & nurturing the organic gardens, grooming & marking hiking trails, & doing general maintenance like painting buildings & chopping firewood. Most of the work is very physically demanding, so it is imperative that our helpers are in good shape. It is absolutely necessary that our helpers be able to work unsupervised, once they have a clear understanding of the directives. It is important to understand that we live in the middle of bear country, so one must be constantly aware of one's surrounding & alert to unusual sounds or smells.
  • Hours per day We ask our volunteers to sign a work agreement committing to a minimum of 35-36 hours a week, sometimes that may be 6 hours a day, 6 days/week or could be 7 hours a day, 5 days/week, depending on the tasks at hand & the relevanturgency.
  • Work requirements: Be able to follow directions, ask questions if you don't understand the directives, maintain your personal hygiene to a standard that makes it easy to cohabitate with you, be respectful of others' differences & uniqueness, participate in cooking/cleaning chores, put your very best effort into everything you do!
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: 2 Long-term positions (May-Sept), prefer a couple; several short-term positions (one-month minimum) throughout summer
  • Maximum number of helpers: 4
  • Last minute requests: Not okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English, working on learning Spanish
  • Has pets? We have free-range birds which must occasionally be protected from fox, so familiarity with a .22 is helpful. No domestic animals on-site.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: If a couple is chosen for the long-term position they will be given the use of an apartment, complete with woodstove & kitchenette. Other housing for helpers is a small 4-bunk cabin with a campstove & a propane space heater. All cabins have use of an outdoor privy, only one flush toilet on-site in main cabin/dining hall.
  • Additional info
  • There's NO internet access or NO cell service out here in the Alaskan "Bush!" There are NO ROADS to get here, either. (In case of emergency the United States Coast Guard can be summoned by radio, & we have a satellite texting device with which you may send messages to any cell # or email address...crew's use of this gizmo is permitted, but not to excess.) You must be comfortable with living in an isolated setting & with the camp director leaving everything in the care of the staff during periodic supply runs to town, which may sometimes take a couple consecutive days.